Just moments after it was announced that the Yankees had dealt reliever Adam Warren to Seattle for international signing bonus pool money, General Manager Brian Cashman continued wheeling and dealing on Monday evening ahead of Tuesdays non-waiver trade deadline by acquiring veteran right-hander Lance Lynn from Minnesota in a deal that sent Tyler Austin and prospect Luis Rijo to the Twins.
The market for Lynn failed to develop for a majority of the winter and the 31 year-old hurler was forced to ink a one-year, $12 million pact with the Twins in mid-March. In 20 starts, Lynn had gone 7-8 with a 5.10 ERA. While the numbers on the surface don’t seem great, Lynn has pitched to a 3.74 ERA over his last 12 starts after posting a 7.74 ERA over the course of his first eight outings.
Austin had started a continuation game for Triple-A Scranton on Monday afternoon when play resumed in the bottom of the fourth inning, but flags were raised when Austin was pinch-hit for in the fifth inning. Austin, who will turn 27 in September, batted .233 with eight homers and 23 RBI in 34 games for the Yankees earlier in the season. After Greg Bird returned from the disabled list, there was little playing time to go around and Austin was sent down to Triple-A. After the organization acquired first baseman Luke Voit from the Cardinals on Saturday, it became apparent that somebody in the upper levels would have to move. In total, Austin played in 628 games in the Yankees system over 8 seasons in the system, slashing .286/.363/.472 with 77 homers and 363 RBI over that span.
Along with Austin, the Yankees also sent away 19-year old right-hander Luis Rijo, who was with the Staten Island Yankees at the time of the trade. Rijo was part of the Yankees 2015 international draft class out of Venezuela and has pitched to a 2.80 ERA in 125 1/3 innings in the system.